Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field and Why Eddie Vedder Still Matters To Rock and Roll

Who: Pearl Jam
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
When: July 19th (and 20th), 2013

Pearl Jam - wrigley field

It was a Friday evening, and despite not having tickets to the grossly over-priced (in terms of resale, anyways) Pearl Jam concert, I was still making my way over to Wrigley Field to meet up with some friends in an attempt to score a deal, when I noticed on my Yahoo weather app that Chicago could be in for some nasty storms that night. I didn’t really think anything of it, other than it could only better our chances at getting a cheaper ticket. Having seen Pearl Jam twice live previously, and the fact that it was 2013 and not 1998, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to pay the ticket broker the requested amount of $400 minimum for a ticket. Nonetheless, my brother and friends were already in the show, and a lifelong friend/total Pearl Jam junkie Jason was in town for Pitchfork Festival. So, why not see if the stars aligned and a ticket just happened to fall in our laps, right? Luckily, that is exactly what happened.
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Jim James Show Review

Jim James
The Vic Theater
Chicago, IL
4/20/2013

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As Jim James took the stage last Saturday night, I was overtaken by the nostalgic feeling that one gets when seeing an old friend for the first time in a while. The first time I’d ever seen the man perform live was My Morning Jacket’s epic 3+ hour performance at Bonnaroo in 2006. Since then, I have seen MMJ many more times, and have been hard pressed to find a better modern live act. Not surprisingly, both times I have seen Jim outside of his brothers of Kentucky outfit (which would be with Monsters of Folk and this solo show), he has only exceeded expectations to replicate the same live energy and endearment that fans are accustom to when he is in his usual element.
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M83 Show Review

M83 Show Review

St. Louis, MO:  The Pageant

May 2, 2012

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Much like Todd’s experience at Coachella, it is always difficult to extricate my personal experience from how good the actual show was, and review it appropriately.  Throw in a few drinks and some good friends, and any situation can be an absolute pleasure.  But a show review is not about how much fun I had, instead it has to be about how well the band performed, and I regret to say that M83 was supremely disappointing in some aspects and mildly disappointing in other aspects.

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Just a Couple of Dudes Going to the Elton John Show.

Elton John Show Review

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne, IN

April 21, 2012

For some unknown reason there has been a paucity of Elton John love on LxL, and after seeing him live and rediscovering just a small part of his immense catalogue, I aim to correct that.  Not only is Sir Elton one of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time, he is also exceptionally versatile as a musician.  This versatility shone through in his live performance, where the eccentric and sometimes over-the-top John was able to strip down his show to just him and a piano. 

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tUnE-yArDs Show Review

tUnE-yArDs

November 2nd, 2011

The Music Box (aka Henry Fonda Theater)

Hollywood, CA

After seeing so many artists try to utilize the “one-man-band” show by using wild amounts of looping, it can get a bit old. Back in high school when I first saw it live, it was quite captivating, but over time, it can lose its luster. Most acts aren’t even good at it really, but figure if they can leave an audience slightly dumbfounded by looping an instrument, even in the lamest of ways, they will sell tickets. Sadly, this can work. However, rarities do pop up every once in again in which looping is utilized in brilliant ways. Like when I saw Thom Yorke play “Give Up the Ghost” for the first time at Coachella a year and a half ago and nearly messed myself. Or like last Wednesday, when I saw Merrill Garbus, the leading lady of tUnE-yArDs perform at The Music Box.

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